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ERIC Number: EJ908421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Children and the Outdoor Environment
Niklasson, Laila; Sandberg, Anette
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v18 n4 p485-496 Dec 2010
In this article we will discuss the outdoor environment for younger children with the help of two different concepts. The first concept, affordance, is well known in the discussion about outdoor environments. What the affordance in the outdoor environment is perceived as can differ between actors. How the affordance is used can be another source of interesting difference between actors. We would also like to bring in an additional concept: private and public space. Interviews during a walking-tour have been carried out with 103 children, aged 3-9 years. The results show the affordances that scored highest were climbable features, shelters and moldable materials. These categories were also the highest scored concerning use. The outdoor environment at the pre-school, pre-school class and school is mainly a public space, but there are examples of private space such as shelters. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden